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Javier runs. His long legs move him forward. He jumps. He flies! Up and over the bar, so high. The crowd is silent. Javier clears the bar. The bar shakes. But it doesn't fall. The crowd explodes. "RAH!! A new world record!

On that day, Javier Sotomayor made history. It was July 27, 1993, in Salamanca, Spain. He jumped 2.45 meters high. That's 52 centimeters over his head! And his record still stands today. 

Javier came from Cuba. He was born to jump high. A...

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